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Impressive Galway minors put the Rossies to the sword

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Galway 4-18

Roscommon 0-8

A dominant second half performance saw the Galway minor footballers open their Connacht Championship campaign in style last Friday evening as they blew Roscommon away at Tuam Stadium. The home side hit 2-9 without reply in a 15-minute spell during that second period to take complete control of what had been a tight game for the opening 30 minutes.

Two goals in first half injury time put Dónal Ó Fátharta’s side in command at the break, however, and when two more followed early in the second half, Roscommon wilted. From there, it was a case of Galway picking off scores with little resistance. While it took Galway a while to get going early on, Ó Fátharta was obviously pleased with how things panned out.

“We knew Roscommon have good forwards so the plan was to keep it tight. We had an idea that they might have a sweeper so we planned for that, but the guys in defence put the pressure on all over the field. Once we limited them to a few scores and got the couple of goals before half-time, that made the difference.

“With young lads, it can be difficult to get the head up again. Roscommon are a good team, we know they are a good team over the last couple of years. They have some fine players and that scoreline doesn’t do justice to them. It was one of those days where everything went right for us. The next day against Sligo, it mightn’t be as good. Look, we’re happy with our guys, we’re happy with the performance, with the way they played, the way they worked hard and tackled, stuff we’ve been working on, so we’re happy overall.”

It was Roscommon who made the better start to the contest, an Aaron McDermott free getting them off the mark in the second minute as Galway struggled to string moves together. Ryan Monahan did get the Tribesmen’s first score from a placed ball in the 10th minute but Liam Ormsby edged Roscommon ahead again soon after.

Moycullen’s Paul Kelly was immense at midfield for Galway and he popped up with a point in the 13th minute to draw the sides level. Roscommon’s Eoghan Derwin and Galway’s Oisín Gormally exchanged scores soon after before Kelly was on hand again to fist a point over the bar to finish a good move.

 

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Campaigners seek state support to challenge beach bylaws

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Campaigners against controversial beach bylaws proposed by the County Council have called on Government to intervene. This comes after the local authority was met with a tsunami of submissions from the public – over 1,000 submissions were received, many voicing concerns that the regulations would ban water sports on the county’s coastline.

Galway pharmacist and Galway Bay Sailing Club member, Barra Nevin, has been one of the most outspoken critic of the bylaws which seek to outlaw activities such as surfing and kayaking anywhere near bathers.

According to Mr Nevin, there has been a groundswell of support for water sports enthusiasts, with everyone from swimmers to those who walk the coastline backing their right to use the water.

“The central problem surrounds the paragraph which states other outdoor sports participants cannot be in close proximity to swimmers. This would effectively outlaw all outdoor water pursuits other than swimming on 24 beaches in County Galway, including the lake in Loughrea, the Shannon in Portumna and all along the Wild Atlantic Way to Connemara and the Aran Islands,” he said.

The bylaws, for which an extended public consultation closed last Friday, state: “No person shall wind surf on sail boards or kite-surf on kite boards or surf on a surf board or use a canoe, kayak, dinghy, stand-up paddle board or water bike in close proximity to bathers.”

In addition, it will also be an offence to “use a personal water craft, power craft and fast power craft within 300m of the low water mark at the time of use, except for the purpose of rescue”, in the interest of the safety of swimmers.

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Bad weather a spoilsport as Salthill boys just do enough

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Salthill/Knocknacarra's Conor Gardiner comes under pressure from Mark Egan of Oranmore/Maree during Saturday's West Board U19 Final in Moycullen. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill/Knocknacarra 0-8

Oranmore/ Maree 1-3

Mike Rafferty in Moycullen

SPORT in the depths of winter is not always an appealing sight and so it was in Moycullen on Saturday afternoon as the wind and rain reduced this West Board U19 Football Final to an endurance test. Salthill/Knocknacarra did enough to get over the line and, in the process, are the first winners of the David Cox Memorial Cup.

Favoured by the elements in the opening half, they laid the groundwork for their win with some smashing points from Ryan Kavanagh and Matthew Thompson and while a four point interval lead was not exactly commanding, Salthill’s defence played their part on the resumption as they kept Oranmore/Maree to just a point from play and three in total in a frustrating chase to close the gap.

Though the city side always appeared to have the edge, Oranmore/Maree can point to many factors that could have turned the game their way. They got the boost of an early goal, but seldom looked like scoring for the rest of the half. They had plenty of possession on the resumption, but with no one taking responsibility for an occasional shot, they just hand passed the ball all over the park and had little or no penetration.

Four missed frees in succession by four different players just added to Oranmore/Maree’s frustration and as the chase went right to the wire, they also had a late goal chance which was spurned.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Scores scarce on horrible day as Ballygar fall to final defeat

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Ballygar's Stephen Lohan who scored three of their four points against Easkey. Gordon. Ryan Duffy also threatened only for defender Shane Molloy to make the block.

Easkey 0-5

Ballygar 0-4

DARREN KELLY IN BEKAN

IN horrendous conditions, Ballygar’s hurlers ended their 2022 championship season with defeat last Saturday in the Connacht Junior Final as Sligo’s Easkey created history.

Andrew Kilcullen’s winner two minutes into injury time secured the ‘Blue Devils’ a first ever provincial crown as they survived the sweeping rain and swirling wind that questioned the wisdom of playing this contest at all.

That’s not to take away from Easkey’s success. The side coached by Ballygar’s Brian Healy earned their result even if the Galway champions can feel aggrieved about the decision to cancel Cillian Egan’s late effort.

But in the shadow of the finest indoor GAA facility in the country, one has to ask could plans not have been made to bring this game into the Connacht GAA Dome when weather reports indicated the challenging environment awaiting both teams.

Either way, the teams got on with tackling the elements as well as each other and it was Easkey off the mark in the opening minute. Kilcullen stood up just inside his own 65 metre line and sailed the sliotar over the bar.

Ballygar finally settled after their first point on 10 minutes. Eammon Trayers caused problems when allowed possession in the full forward line and he won the free that Stephen Lohan converted.

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